Overview of Shaken Baby Syndrome

We have done a few articles on shaken baby syndrome here.  I happened across his article which explains what exactly occurs when you shake a baby and why it can cause so many problems, up to and including death.

The point that I like from the article is that every parent needs to have a plan in place for what to do when their baby starts crying.  Think about what you would do if you have had just the worst and most stressful day of your life and you come home and your baby will not stop crying.  A parent always needs to be sure that they can cope and safely take care of their children.  If you cannot, seek help immediately.  There are many crisis lines out there if you do not have friends or family members that are willing to help.  Shaking a baby even for one second can cause permanent damage.

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Did the System Fail This Boy?

There is a major problem happening with our child protection system in this country.  Well, it is possibly that this problem has always existed.  Read this article for specifics, but many children are killed each year that had prior incidents of child abuse that DSS was alerted to.  I can certainly understand that some slip through the cracks and we want to be certain before taking custody from a parent.  Yet, that is a far cry from one little boy who had eight prior visits from child protection workers responding to reports of child abuse.  The ninth incident killed him.  There should have never been a ninth incident.  The state should have saved this little boy.

The really sad thing is that the only people who pay for these mistakes are the children.  No one was punished for not following up with this little boy.  Help put a stop to child abuse.  If you see something, say something.

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Who Killed Desiree, Mom or Boyfriend?

Chief Prosecutor Anthony Cillo and Charles Brassfield

Desiree Nicole Wade, 8 months old, was killed.  Just recently the trial of her mother’s boyfriend Charles Brassfield, 24, began.  Prosecutors seem sure that Brassfield was the culprit in the child’s death, but so far there is no conclusive evidence that it was him and he has maintained that he is innocent throughout.

The Coroner said her injuries included skull fractures, brain injury, and brain and retinal hemorrhaging which he said could have been caused by a multiple story fall or a car collision.  If this little girl was murdered by someone, I cannot imagine what they could have done to her.  The Coroner said the injuries were not caused by an object.  I am afraid we may never know what happened to little Desiree.  I hope the right person is put in jail.

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Achilles Daniels: Could He Have Been Saved?

Eddie Lee Daniels, 24

Eddie Lee Daniels, 24, has been charged with the first-degree murder of his son, 2-month-old Achilles.  He suffered a broken femur (one of the hardest bones in the body to break) and blunt force trauma to the head.

What really makes me angry about this article is that it lists several other incidents of Daniels displaying violent behavior and that he has been arrested more than a dozen times.  Why in world was he entrusted with the care of 2-month-old?  I think the system may have failed little Achillies.

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Anthony Sewejkis Convicted of Child Abuse

Anthony Sewejkis

Another baby boy, 4-month-old Hunter, was abused by the father a few months ago.  The father, Anthony Sewejkis, 25, was just recently convicted of first-degree abuse.  The little boy was crying, as babies tend to do, and the father slammed his head into the floor causing brain damage and partial blindess.  When the mother came home and noticed a slanting in the boy’s face, she rushed him to the hospital where he spent 11 weeks .

Every parent gets frustrated.  Every one.  Please remember that there is help out there.  Call a friend, family member, or even a crisis hotline if you ever think you may harm your child.  Remember that they are kids.  No one, especially a child, deserves this sort of punishment.

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Reward Offered for Information

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A baby was abandoned outside of a home in Washington D.C. in January.  The cause of death has been ruled a homicide due to hypothermia.  Police have received many tips since then, but none have led to an arrest.  Someone out there knows what happened to this baby and she did not deserve such treatment.  Do you know someone who was pregnant that lived in the area in January and now cannot account for the child’s whereabouts?  Contact the police immediately.

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Parking Garage Mom Competent to Stand Trial

Sonia Hermosillo

Sonia Hermosillo, 31, has been found competent to stand trial for the death of her son.

If you remember, a few months ago we reported on this here at One By One Safe Haven.  This was the mother who threw her baby boy from the fourth story of a hospital parking garage.  Many claimed that her actions clearly pointed to postpartum, while others thought that because she removed the infant’s medically necessary helmet and the act was premeditated she was sane.

Well whether or not she was legally insane will have to be decided by the jury, but from a psychological standpoint, the trial will proceed.

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Time Served: Justice for Shaken Baby?

Shirley Ree Smith

Shirley Ree Smith’s long court battle has finally come to an end.  She spent over 8 years in prison for shaking her grandchild which resulted in his death.  The strange thing is, this article shows that there was definitely reasonable doubt over not only whether she did it, but also whether the baby’s death was caused by shaking at all.

Smith had no prior criminal record and has not committed any criminal acts since her release from prison in 2008.  Now, of course, the vast majority of people who commit a crime will not recidivate or commit another crime, but I cannot help but consider 8 years in prison to be a miscarriage of justice when we do not even know the cause of little Etzel’s death.  Agree or Disagree?

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Shaken Baby Dies 5 Years Later

Brayden Grusman-Buckmaster

Brayden Grusman-Buckmaster died recently at the age of 5, but the cause of his death happened many years before.  His death was ruled a homicide caused by being shaken when he was just 6-weeks-old.

The boy had many health related issues caused by the shaking, including blindness.  Although it was ruled to be murder, no one is being held responsible for his death.  His adoptive parents are not happy with this decision.  Rightfully so, I say.  It is an interesting case, though.  How much time has to pass before someone is no longer responsible for murder?  Is there a limit?  We would love to hear your thoughts.

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